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May 23, 2018 – Coyote Sightings in Bridgewater

Bridgewater, NJ – There have been recent coyote sightings during daylight hours near neighborhoods in Bridgewater Township, specifically near Chimney Rock Park, Washington Valley Park and Camp Cromwell. Please be on the lookout and take all precautions to stay safe. If you are in immediate danger please contact the Bridgewater Police at 908-722-4111. For more information on Coyote precautions please visit, contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 908-735-8793, or the DEP Hotline at 877-WARN-DEP.

January 25, 2018 – Bridgewater Police Learn About Trauma Informed Care

Bridgewater, NJ – The Bridgewater Police Department will be the first law enforcement agency in Somerset County to participate in the Trauma Informed Care training program, which is run by the Resilient Youth Somerset (RYS). When dealing with a traumatic call for service that involves an individual or family in crisis, our officers recognize that many people need support that goes well beyond the actual event.  This program is yet another tool we can use to help our citizens.

Resilient Youth Somerset (RYS) is partnering with mental health providers, youth service providers, school districts, the court system and law enforcement to bring focus to Trauma Informed Care to Somerset County, NJ.  Research shows that one in four children in America has experienced some type of trauma through Adverse Childhood Experiences (known as ACEs.)  Understanding the impacts of that trauma on child development is a crucial part of getting help for children in crisis and breaking intergenerational cycles of abuse and neglect.

Trauma Informed Care is an organizational structure, community mindfulness and treatment framework that understands, recognizes, and responds to the effects of all types of trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences. Trauma Informed Care emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety, and helps survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

Recently, in an effort to bring this cutting edge research to the community’s first responders, Diane Lefebvre of Resilient Youth Somerset and Tracey Heisler of CASA SHaW presented the facts to 45 Bridgewater police officers on the physiological changes that occur to children’s developing brains as a result of repeated exposure to trauma.  Because of these changes, traumatized children and youth can respond quite differently to stressful situations than non-traumatized children and youth. Understanding these differences and the reasons for them are important for law enforcement officers to know when responding to calls for assistance.

To introduce the concept of Trauma Informed Care to the community, RSY has schedule three upcoming presentations of the award winning documentary, “Paper Tigers: One High School’s Unlikely Success Story.” It is the story of how Lincoln High School (Walla Walla, Washington)  became a “Trauma Informed” school, gaining national attention due to a dramatic drop in out of school suspensions, increased graduation rates and the number of students going on to post-secondary education.

The film is scheduled to be shown free of charge on Wednesday, February 7th, 6:00-9:00pm at Raritan Valley Community College, Thursday, March 8th. 5:00-8:00 pm at Bound Brook High School and, Friday, March 16th  12:30 – 3:00 pm at Stepping Stone School.

Registration is available at Eventbrite.–hillsborough/resilient-youth-of-somerset/?q=Resilient+youth+of+somerset&mode=search

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Bridgewater Police Learn About Trauma Informed Care

Diane Lefebvre and Tracy Heisler present Trauma Informed Care training to the Bridgewater Police Department at a recent roll Call Training session at police headquarters.

December 7, 2017 – Motor Vehicle Crash on NJ 28

Bridgewater, NJ – On Thursday, 12/07/17, a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian occurred in Bridgewater Township. The crash occurred on State Highway 28 at the exit ramp from US Highway 22 East, at approximately 1428 hours. A 1995 Chevrolet C-15 pickup truck driven by William Hendershot (age 50) of Raritan NJ was exiting US Highway 22 Eastbound onto State Highway 28. A Jolie Kritzar (age 44) of Bridgewater NJ was running westbound in the eastbound shoulder of State Highway 28, when she was struck by Mr. Hendershot’s vehicle. She was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (New Brunswick), to be treated for multiple injuries.

This motor vehicle crash is still under investigation.

The crash is being investigated by the Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau. Any witnesses or anyone with information regarding this motor vehicle crash are asked to contact Bridgewater Township Officer Frederick Brittain at 908-722-4111 ext 4178.

October 30, 2017 – Halloween Safety Tips

Bridgewater, NJ – With Halloween quickly approaching, Chief Nicaretta and the Bridgewater Police Department encourages everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween. There is no curfew in effect for Halloween in the Township. And remember, “if you see something, say something!”

Halloween Safety Tips from the Bridgewater Police Department:

Make sure your child’s costume is safe. Costumes should be fireproof, masks should allow for adequate peripheral vision, and should not restrict a child’s ability to breath.

If your child’s costume includes a prop such as a knife or sword, that the tips are smooth and flexible enough not to cause injury in the event of a fall. Also ensure that all props do not look realistic.

Young Children should always be accompanied by an adult.

Remind your children about everyday safety. For example, children should never enter a stranger’s house or car.

Remind children to look both ways when crossing the street and to use cross walks when they are available.

Children’s costumes should include reflective material for good visibility.

Remember to carry a flashlight for increased visibility.

Parents should examine candy for any irregularities before children are allowed to eat their “treats”

Parents explain to children the difference between “tricks” and vandalism. Throwing eggs and toilet paper may seem like harmless fun however it may cause damages and have unintended consequences.

If you still have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call us at (908) 722-4111.

October 4, 2017 – Serious Motor Vehicle Crash

Bridgewater, NJ – On Wednesday October 4, 2017 at 1559 hrs, the Bridgewater Police Department responded  to Easton Turnpike in the area of Bridgeway Care Center to investigate a motor vehicle crash involving a bicyclist. The operator of the vehicle was identified as 63 year old, Jeffrey Kampf of Hillsborough, New Jersey. Kampf had been traveling east on Easton Turnpike in a 2015 BMW X1. The cyclist was identified as 75 year old, Peter Castle of Bridgewater, New Jersey. Castle had been traveling east on Easton Turnpike in the right shoulder.

Castle was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – New Brunswick with life threatening injuries.

The crash is still under investigation by the Bridgewater Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Bridgewater Police Traffic Safety Bureau or the Bridgewater T-I-P-S line at 877-660-INFO (4636).

September 18, 2017 – Sunny Slope Road Structure Fire

Bridgewater, NJ – Officers from the Bridgewater Police Department, along with fire companies and emergency services units from Bridgewater, Somerville, Manville and Bound Brook responded to the 2100 building of Sunny Slope Road for a report of a fire.  The fire has been extinguished, but approximately twenty-one people from eight housing units have been displaced.  There was one adult male who suffered minor burns to his extremities, he was treated at the scene and released.  The Red Cross is assisting with housing the displaced families.

The origin of the fire is unknown at this time and it currently being investigated by the Bridgewater Bureau of Fire Safety.

August 9, 2017 – Bound Brook Man Charged in Robbery

Somerville, NJ – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, Bound Brook Chief of Police Vito Bet and Bridgewater Township Chief of Police Al Nicaretta announced the arrest of Brian M. Sivetz, age 26, of West Main Street, Bound Brook, New Jersey.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that detectives have identified the individual responsible for last week’s Shop Rite robbery as Brian M. Sivetz.

On August 1st at approximately 9:28 a.m. Bound Brook Police responded to a report of a robbery at the Shop Rite located on West Union Avenue. Officers were advised by employees that a white male approached a cashier and after stating that he had a weapon he demanded money from the cash register. The cashier gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of currency and the suspect exited the store and drove away in a dark colored sedan.
The investigation conducted by detectives from the Bound Brook and Bridgewater Police departments in conjunction with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s office has also revealed that on the same morning of the Shop Rite robbery, at approximately 8:51 a.m. defendant Sivetz went to the Target located in the Bridgewater Promenade. Once inside the store he handed a cashier a note that stated he had a gun. As he reached over the checkout counter, he attempted to grab currency from the cash register drawer. The employee closed the drawer on the defendant’s hands preventing him from taking any monies. The defendant ran out of the store and fled the area in a dark colored sedan.
On August 4, 2017, defendant Sivetz went to the Macy’s department store, located in the Bridgewater Commons Mall, and shoplifted five clothing items having a cash value of $280.50.
On August 5, 2017, defendant Sivetz returned to Macy’s and attempted to return the shoplifted clothing items. When advised by a store manager that they would not accept the returns without a proof of purchase defendant Sivetz walked away with the clothing items. Before exiting the store, the defendant grabbed two men’s shirts and two men’s dress ties off a display rack and put the items in a Macy’s shopping bag that contained the other shoplifted items.
After exiting the store, the defendant began to walk towards his parked vehicle. A store employee, who was monitoring the attempted return via a security camera, approached the defendant and identified himself as an Asset Protection associate.  A struggle ensued as the associate attempted to prevent the defendant from leaving before the Bridgewater police arrived. The defendant dropped the shopping bag containing the stolen items and fled the area in a dark sedan.
Early Sunday morning, August 6, 2017, detectives arrested defendant Sivetz at his West Main Street residence. He was processed and lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.
Sivetz was charged with 2 counts of 1st degree, robbery, and 1 count of 4th degree, shoplifting.
We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

August 8, 2017 – Fatal Crash on Old York Rd

Bridgewater, NJ – On Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 1429 hours, the Bridgewater Police Department responded to Old York Road, in front of Duke Island Park, to investigate a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a motorcycle.

A Honda Civic, operated by Deborah J. Moore (age 47) of Hillsborough NJ, was traveling east on Old York Road. Her vehicle crossed the center line and struck a Yamaha XVS650 motorcycle, being operated by Michal L. Hribik (age 62) of Bridgewater NJ. The motorcycle was then struck by a Toyota Camry, operated by Carol Foppiano (age 50) of Raritan NJ, which was traveling directly behind the Yamaha motorcycle.

Hribik was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital via NJSP NorthSTAR, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Moore was treated for minor injuries at the scene and released.

The crash is still under investigation by the Bridgewater Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer John Kennedy at (908)722-4111 ext. 4162 or the Bridgewater TIPS line at 877-660-INFO (4636).


June 14, 2017 – MVC/HazMat on Finderne Ave and Union Ave

Bridgewater, NJ – On 06/14/17, a 1999 Freightliner tractor owned by Solid Logistics LLC Newark NJ was traveling westbound on State Highway 28 and attempted to make a left turn on Finderne Avenue. The vehicle struck a traffic light pole located on the west side of Finderne Avenue and rolled onto its passenger side. The trailer it is was pulling contained a corrosive liquid, which was released onto the roadway. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

Somerset County Haz-Mat along with State and Local agencies are actively cleaning up the scene. All traffic from Finderne Avenue, Highway 28 and surrounding area will be affected throughout the evening. Bridgewater Police Facebook will be updated as the situation progresses.

Update – Regarding the tractor trailer at Finderne Ave. and Union Ave., crews are still in the process of off-loading the corrosive liquid that was being transported. The attached picture indicates our area of concern and residents in this area are suggested to shelter in place, keep windows closed and turn off the A/C. Residents outside of this circled area can have the windows open or operate their A/C.

State DEP is monitoring air quality in the area as the work continues. We will update again around 10 PM

UPDATE (10pm): The situation remains the same. Efforts to unload the tractor trailer are continuing. We are hoping the roadway will be open at approximately 2:00 AM. We will continue to update our Facebook page and website as the incident continues.

UPDATE (2:14am): Route 28 (Union Ave) is now open. Finderne Ave remains closed between Union Ave. (Route 28) and East Main Street.

UPDATE- 06/15/17: The trailer involved in the motor vehicle crash on Finderne Avenue was transporting eighteen (18) containers of Aminoethylpiperazine,aep. This spill was contained to the roadway. On 06/15/17 at approximately 3:20 am, clean up was completed and the Somerset County Haz-Mat team advised that the area was safe. At that time, the roadway was re-opened. The driver of that vehicle, Rafael Millasaky (age 54) of Lyndhurst ME, was issued a motor vehicle summons for Careless Driving.


June 5, 2017 – Fatal Crash on Adamsville Road

Bridgewater, NJ – ​On Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 0759 hours, the Bridgewater Police Department responded to South Adamsville Road and Kirby Avenue to investigate a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle. The operator of the motorcycle, identified as Eric Maliszewski, lost control of his motorcycle and went off the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash is still under investigation by the Bridgewater Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bridgewater Police Traffic Safety Bureau at, or the Bridgewater TIPS line at 877-660-INFO (4636).

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